The Department of Transport's annual statistics on compliance with speed limits show that some 86% of drivers break 20mph zones, and more in the early hours when that figure can rise to a shocking 94%.
The Department for Transport (DFT) studied over 1,000 cars to come up with their new stats, which show that, last year, while just nine per cent of car drivers break 60mph limits, those travelling in 20mph zones are nearly 10 times more likely to break the law, with average cars speeds tracked at 26mph in the zones. Don't just blame it on car drivers, though. The figures show that 77% per cent of larger bus drivers and 53% of smaller bus drivers also broke the 20mph limits last year. Meanwhile, some 75% of HGVs, 84% of LCVs (light commercial vehicles, or vans) and 85% of motorcyclists; the latter being the worst offenders with an average speed of 27mph in 20mph zones.
Interestingly, the figures show that motorists are keener on 30mph limits, but slightly more than half of car drivers and motorcyclists still sped in these zones.
The DFT's survey was far more widespread when it came to motorways where it monitored over half a million vehicles. Nearly half (48%) of car drivers were observed to be speeding, with 12% exceeding limits by 10mph or more.
Meanwhile, 56% of motorcyclists sped on the motorway, though a higher proportion – 20 per cent – did so by more than 10mph. And just one per cent of HGVs – which, lest we forget, have speed limiters – sped on motorways last year.
These figures have remained static for around seven years now, but that doesn't mean they're not too high. Speed awareness is a moral obligation when driving on the road - whatever the limit, but we understand that signage is not always as clear as it could be.
Here at Road Angel, our products can give you the heads up on exactly what the speed limit so that you steer clear of points on your license, and, more importantly keep the roads safe.